CHAMPIONSHIP

The technical and sporting specifications of the GP3 Series Championship in summary

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2016 SEASON

GP3 Series - Arden Motorsport

The Series has been designed to make it the perfect driver training ground, not only for GP2, but also for Formula One™.

 

2016 sees the introduction of the third generation car. The GP3/16 has a brand new Mecachrome bespoke design engine, revised aerodynamics and updates electronics.

Using the same chassis, engine and tyre suppliers, all young drivers must showcase their skills both in speed and in managing tyres, just like they will have to do when they move up the motor sport ladder. And with two races per weekend and reverse grids, these skills will prove crucial in the battle to become GP3’s champion.

 

All nine events on the calendar will be part of the Formula One™ support package giving drivers’ first-hand experience of racing in the Grand Prix environment and gaining the coveted F1 exposure.

 

The Series makes its maiden trip to Sepang in Malaysia, which will provide yet another exciting challenge. Yas Marina completes the second of two successive flyaway events making it a truly global experience.

 

GP3 is partnered with some of the best brains in the motor sport business, such as Dallara and Pirelli, ensuring the series is constantly evolving and, along with all dedicated partners, creates a feeder series that stays ahead of the game and is technologically advanced whilst remaining affordable.

 

The series benefits from a professional and experienced organization to scrutineer the cars and oversee the running of all GP3 events, while FOM’s unparalleled expertise in the broadcasting and marketing of the GP3 Series™ ensures that it has truly global reach and appeal.


Three of GP3 champions have reached the impressive heights of Formula 1 in recent times!

CALENDAR

SPA

SEPANG

MAGNY-COURS

Shakedown

2-3 March

ESTORIL

Official Test

22-23 March

VALENCIA

Official Test

7-8 April

BARCELONA

Races 1-2

13-15 May

RED BULL RING

Races 3-4

1-3 July

SILVERSTONE

Races 5-6

8-10 July

HUNGARY

Races 7-8

22-24 July

HOCKENHEIM

Races 9-10

29-31 July

Races 11-12

26-28 Aug

MONZA

Races 13-14

2-4 Sept

Races 15-16

30 Sept-2 Oct

ABU DHABI

Races 17-18

25-27 Nov

GP3 SERIES - TECHNICAL

Technical Regulations in summary

The GP3/16 chassis has been developed by Italian manufacturer Dallara to FIA/ F1 2015 Safety.
The carbon and kevlar composite construction passes the highest FIA crash standards. Bodywork is attached for aerodynamic benefits.

CHASSIS

GP3 Engines utilise bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder 3.4l Direct Injection, Naturally Aspirated Engines, operating with a fly-by-wire throttle system.
Total engine power output is 400bhp @ 8000rpm.

ENGINE

GEARBOX

The gearbox is a bespoke six gear, sequential longitudinal gearbox designed by Hewland, teamed with a Magneti Marelli electro-hydraulic command via semi-automatic paddle shifting from the steering wheel.

SUSPENSION

Front and rear suspension is push rod derived, with the teams open to choose their supplier.
Both subsystems feature double wishbone layouts, with the rear suspension utilising a twin damper system.

Power : 400bhp + (@ 8000rpm)
Top Speed : 300kmph +
Acceleration : 0-60mph in 3.0 s

Weight : 630kg (with river)
Dimensions : 4480mm x 1880mm
Fuel : 100 RON Unleaded

Steering : PAS Rack & Pinion

KEY FIGURES

The GP3 series use the same allocation of Pirelli tyres as per the Formula 1 and GP2 teams. There are three specific compounds available to choose from that GP3 provide, where the most suitable is picked for each circuit.

TYRES

GP3 SERIES - SPORTING

Sporting Regulations in summary

During practices, one used and two fresh sets of tyres may be used.
In qualifying and the races, three fresh sets of tyres are available to each driver.
The number of wets is limited to three sets per weekend.

TYRES

A race weekend features one 45-minute practice session on Friday, and one 30-minute qualifying session on Saturday, followed by two races.

The 2nd race operates as a reverse grid of the top 8 finishers of Race 1.

SCHEDULE

POINTS

The top 10 drivers in the race classification scored points based on the following system:
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The sprint race points are dictated as follows to the top 8 drivers:
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QUALIFYING

The qualifying session is a straight fight for fastest laptime, over an allocated time pre-determined for the race. The results dictate the starting order of the grid for Race 1.

Four points are awarded for pole position.

The GP3 Series Champion is the driver who scores the highest amount of points out of all the entered drivers over the course of the season. The team's champion is the team with the largest combined driver scores.

STANDINGS

Additionally to the race and qualifying points awarded to drivers, the driver who sets the fastest lap in the Feature Race (Race 1) and/or the Sprint Race (Race 2), will score an additional 2 championship points.

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